London: There has been a 300% spike in Islamophobic hate crimes in Britain since ISIS’ horrific Paris attacks with most victims being Muslim women wearing traditional Islamic dress.

Children hold posters reading ‘Islam is Peace’, ‘Terrorism has no religion’ during a demonstration
Children hold posters reading ‘Islam is Peace’, ‘Terrorism has no religion’ during a demonstration

A report to the British government’s working group on anti-Muslim hatred shows a spike in Islamophobic hate crime of more than 300%, to 115, in the week following the attack in Paris Muslims living in Britain have suffered more than 100 racial attacks since the terrorist atrocities in Paris, a newspaper report said, citing figures prepared for ministers.

A man shows a placard reading “Not In my Name” during a demonstration  to speak out against terrorism a week after Paris attacks. pics/afp
A man shows a placard reading “Not In my Name” during a demonstration  to speak out against terrorism a week after Paris attacks. Pics/AFP

Most victims of the UK hate crimes were Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45 years in traditional Islamic dress. The perpetrators were mainly white males aged from 15 to 35 years, it said. The report said a large number of the reported attacks were in public places, including on buses and trains. Thirty-four victims were women wearing the hijab, while eight involved young kids.

“Many of the victims have suggested that no one came to their assistance or even consoled them, meaning that they felt victimised, embarrassed, alone and angry about what had taken place against them. Sixteen of the victims even mentioned that they would be fearful of going out in the future and that the experiences had affected their confidence,” the report stated.

“Out of these cases on public transport, eight involved children, who had heard comments against their mothers, and the mothers said their children had seen them being fearful as perpetrators took aggressive physical postures against them,” it states.